For those of you who have been following the Out of Town Experience miniseries blog (of which there is still one more installment left to post), you may recall that at the August meeting, I met one of the masterminds behind the Census Bureau’s fun new mapping toy, Social Explorer (SE), which in turn led to an invitation to a cocktail party at the Atlanta Aquarium where a tipsy professor exclaimed that one of the seals “looks like a turd.”
Today, The New York Times included an interactive feature in which readers can search and view census data in their neighborhood using SE mapping. Race and ethnicity are the default filter, and it’s amazing how almost perfectly concentrated racial and ethnic groups are in New York City and the surrounding areas. I searched my hometown (zip code 32701) for comparison and found quite, for the most part, that racial and ethnic groups are far more scattered. You can also view neighborhood breakdowns by indicators of income, families, housing (even median home prices), and education. And there you have it. So there’s your sociology lesson for the day.
Go forth and analyze!